by Teresa Slack
We’ve all anxiously awaited the release of a sequel to our favorite movie or book. But have you ever read a pre-quel? Have you ever wanted to? By name alone, you can figure out what a prequel is even if you’ve never read one. A pre-quel is a story told after the fact about how it all started with your favorite characters or setting. As a shameless lover of back story, a prequel is a fascinating concept for me. I love, love, love knowing how it all started, where it began, what actions set in motion the story that captured my imagination and created characters that live on in my heart.
George Lucas made piles of money to heap upon his other piles of money with his Star Wars Prequels. While they may not have received rave reviews from critics, they appealed to a certain demographic—like me—who love knowing what happened before the real story happened.
The rise in popularity of prequels, especially in the thriller or fantasy genre but certainly not limited to those, got me thinking about my own prequel possibilities.
I think most book series have the potential for the writer to capitalize on a prequel. My Jenna’s Creek series of novels has a loyal fan base who have expressed interest in a prequel. I would certainly enjoy writing one. I’ve added that project to an already long list of books to write if the Lord gives me enough time in front of my computer.
Let us know what you think. What book or series do you believe deserves a prequel? Have you ever read one and what did you think? Are you in the “enough already” crowd who thinks writers should move on to new material? Or are you aching to see more of your most beloved characters?